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Collection Guidelines: Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies: Subject Info

These are the guidelines by which materials are purchased for the Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies collections of the UW Libraries (Seattle Campus).

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These are the guidelines for purchasing UW Libraries materials (for the Seattle Campus) in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS) and Sexuality & Queer Studies (SQS).  For questions or more information, please contact the GWSS Librarian.

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Subject Definition

In Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies (GWSS), intersectional and transnational analyses foreground the study of race and ethnicity in U.S. and global contexts. Feminist scholarship analyzes how these social formations intersect with gender, women, and sexuality in specific times and places. Research and teaching within the GWSS community complements and contributes to the related disciplines of Ethnic Studies, Transnational Studies, Women of Color scholarship, and Queer Studies.

To better understand the range of these disciplines, read how universities across the U.S. describe GWSS & related programs of study:

Duke University (Women's Studies)

Indiana University (Gender Studies)

National Women's Studies Association

Smith College (Study of Women & Gender)

UCLA (Gender Studies)

Washington State University (Queer Studies)


Subject Classification

Library of Congress Classification (LC):

  • As an interdisciplinary field, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies will be represented in many places throughout the Library of Congress classification scheme.
  • Many nonfiction materials related to feminism and LGBTQ Studies are located in the HQ classification. The chart below provides a sense of this scheme.
  • On the Seattle campus, the HQ's are located on the 3rd floor of Allen Library South, the 1st floor of Suzzallo Library (the Reference Collection) and the 3rd floor of the Odegaard Undergraduate Library.
HQ1-2044 The Family. Marriage. Women
HQ12-449 Sexual life


Sexual behavior and attitudes. Sexuality
HQ31-64 Sex instruction and sexual ethics
HQ71-72 Sexual deviations
HQ74-74.2 Bisexuality
HQ75-76.8 Homosexuality. Lesbianism
HQ77-77.2 Transvestism
HQ77.7-77.95 Transexualism
HQ1075-1075.5  Sex role
HQ1101-2030.7  Women. Feminism


For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.